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June 28, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Debra Steidel Wall Appointed Deputy Archivist of the United States

Originally posted to the CoSA Listserv on June 27 by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Debra Steidel Wall as Deputy Archivist of the United States, effective July 3, 2011. 

In the Charter for Change, I spoke of the importance of embracing six pillars of transformation: One NARA; Out in Front; an Agency of Leaders; a Great Place to Work; a Customer-Focused Organization; and an Open NARA.  I look forward to working with Debra to achieve these goals.  Passionate about NARA’s mission and history, Debra is also forward-looking and open to change.  Assigning her responsibility for the transformation process gave me an opportunity to appreciate her many talents. She is a champion for NARA staff and programs nationwide, for promoting employee participation and engagement, and of seeking innovative ways to meet the needs of our stakeholders and customers.  And she understands the need for us to put those stakeholders and customers at the center of what we do. 

I have also spoken of the importance of aligning our strategy, human capital, and operations functions to achieve our goals.  As Deputy Archivist, Debra will be instrumental in achieving this alignment. An early priority will be helping me build our new leadership into effective executive and management teams that model and reward our values and that facilitate the culture change we need to achieve our transformation goals. I have asked Debra to help me ensure that we achieve an open and inclusive work environment; that we encourage creativity and invest in innovation; and that we make continuous learning and improvement the core of how we do our work. 

Debra brings to her assignment nearly 20 years of experience at the National Archives.  She has served as the agency’s Chief of Staff since 2008.  She previously served as Senior Special Assistant to the Archivist from 2005-2007, and before that as Director of the Lifecycle Coordination Staff, where she led staff responsible for developing policies, processes, systems and standards relating to the life cycle of records. She was the initial manager of the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) database and other information technology projects, was Deputy Director of the Information Resources Policy and Projects Division, and worked as an archivist in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video unit. Debra joined NARA in 1991 as an archivist trainee and holds an undergraduate degree in history and government from Georgetown University, and a graduate degree in film from the American University. 

Please join me in congratulating Debra on her new role.

Archivist of the United States


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